Wines for Spring Romance
Tony Aspler's tasting at Santé
Saturday May 14th, 2:30 pm4 pm at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Tickets: $40
Okay. Let's get one thing straight. You can analyse a wine to death; you can rhapsodize about its colour, wax lyrical about its bouquet, get poetic about its flavour and its effects. But when it comes right down to it, wine is quite simply Sex in a Glass. Repeat the mantra: Sex in a Glass. No other beverage inspires the urge to romance more than wine at a candlelit table.
Ladies, let me give some insights into the mind of men. If you're on a date in a restaurant and the guy orders water only, this is not a good sign (he's not into you). A glass of milk won't cut it either (he may have ulcers or a mother fixation). If he orders beer, he'd rather be with the boys. Vodka, whisky, gin, brandy he'd rather be in a bar watching hockey or basketball. But wine if he orders wine, then he wants to share the experience with you. You are the object of his attention. You have his total concentration. He will raise the glass and look into your eyes and say something that resembles a compliment. Just smile and sip your wine and enjoy the moment.
Why? Because wine is the best aphrodisiac. It breaks down barriers and allows the truth to surface in a smile. There should be warning labels on bottles for those who do not want to be approached or take the first tentative steps towards a relationship. Wine is the medium that fills silences, that speaks the words you may be reluctant to utter. The mere raising of a glass and the clink as you toast your partner is a declaration of affection. So next time you choose a bottle of wine remember there are consequences. You have been warned.
Wines to be tasted:
- Reif Cabernet Franc Icewine 2002 ($54.95 V)
- Mountain Road Vidal Icewine 1999 ($34.95 V)
- Gardet Georges Gardet Cuvee Saint Flavy Champagne ($37.95 V)
- Pillitteri Sparkling Riesling Icewine ($70.00)
- Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose Champagne ($69.05 V)
- Sergio Mionetto Spumante ($22.00)
- Chateau des Charmes Brut Methode Traditionelle ($21.95 W)
- Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut ($27.95 V)
Put some romance in your life by attending Santé: The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival, which takes place in Toronto from May 11-15, 2005.
For information about the festival, visit www.santewinefestival.net, and to purchase tickets contact Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or 416-870-8000.